About the Family Law Week blog

The Family Law Week Blog is a companion site to Family Law Week. It complements the news, cases and articles published on Family Law Week with additional comment and coverage of the wider aspects of family law.

The Blog is edited by Jacqui Gilliatt, of 4 Brick Court and Lucy Reed, of St Johns Chambers.

Monday, 26 January 2009

Sentencing for Shannon Matthews kidnap

Following Karen Matthews & Michael Donovan being jailed for 8 years ( Telegraph , Times , Sun , you can read the Judge's sentencing remarks online, a model of judicialness if there is such a word! His remarks that "it must be doubtful whether they could have conceived or continued these offences without the assistance or connivance of others. The pre-sentence report in Matthews’ case comments that neither defendant seems to have the cognitive ability to devise and orchestrate such an elaborate offence with any degree of likelihood of success" have immediately led to speculation in the Independent .

Her family meanwhile think the sentence should have been longer according to the BBC .

The Daily Star has already begun to speculate about the new life Karen will seek in Australia on her release, with the bill being footed by the taxpayer.

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